Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars
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Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars

Rear-engined cars were particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s because installing the engine behind the rear axle freed up a generous amount of space inside the cabin. This space often came at the expense of cargo capacity and handling, and rear-mounted engines were quickly phased out once automakers started toying around with front-mounted engines … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Convertibles
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Topical advertising: Convertibles

Spring has arrived throughout most of the northern hemisphere, which means it’s time to stash away your winter beater and pull out the nice-weather car you’ve been keeping under a tarp in your garage for months. What better way to enjoy the mild weather than with a convertible? Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Black
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Color-coded advertising: Black

In the early days of the auto industry, black was often associated with the Model T and Henry Ford’s attempt to save money by adopting standardized production methods. Several decades later, black was found on official vehicles used by miscellaneous government agencies around the world because it’s a low-key color that doesn’t immediately stand out … Continue reading

Topical advertising: On the inside
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Topical advertising: On the inside

Although the first part of a car that meets the eye is the body, the interior is arguably more important as it plays a major part in determining if a car is enjoyable to drive or ride in. Cobbling together an interior is tough because engineers, designers, bean counters, factory workers and even dealers all … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Station wagons
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / AMC / American / Audi / Binz / BMW / British / Checker / Citroen / East German / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / Opel / Peugeot / Renault / Rover / Russian / Saab / Skoda / Subaru / Swedish / Trabant / Volkswagen / Volvo / Wartburg

Topical advertising: Station wagons

Station wagons were once a common part of the automotive landscape because they were the most practical way to comfortably carry a full family and their gear. There was no unwritten law about what could or couldn’t be morphed into a wagon and a look back over the past few decades reveals there were some … Continue reading

The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally
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The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally

The 17th annual Monte-Carlo Historique rally kicked off a little over a week ago and ended yesterday when a Belgian team at the wheel of an orange 1978 Opel Kadett GTE won the event. This year, the participants left from six European cities (Barcelona, Glasgow, Monte-Carlo, Oslo, Reims and Stockholm) and the common stages took … Continue reading

Topical advertising: In the city
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Topical advertising: In the city

Spine-chilling traffic, potholes, pedestrians, buses and numerous lights are just some of the nuisances generally associated with crowded cities.  We even have a theory that driving in big cities is comparable to how a dog ages: Every mile driven in a city puts seven miles’ worth of wear and tear on a car. That being … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Snow
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / American / Audi / BMW / Chevrolet / Chrysler / Citroen / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Land Rover / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / NSU / Opel / Panhard / Peugeot / Russian / Saab / UAZ / Volkswagen / Volvo / ZAZ

Topical advertising: Snow

It’s officially winter time in the northern hemisphere.  Ski stations are gearing up for their busiest seasons, holiday preparations are in full swing and annoyed commuters are getting ready to fire up the snow blower. What vintage car would you rather drive through the snow?  What one would you trust the least? Continue reading

Topical advertising: Taxi!
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Topical advertising: Taxi!

The stereotypical taxi cab is the Ford Crown Victoria in New York, the Mercedes-Benz w123 in Frankfurt (or, nowadays, Morocco), the Volkswagen Santana in Beijing, the LT1 FX4 in London or on strike in Paris. Which vintage taxi would you rather hail down to get from point A to point B? Alfa Romeo New York … Continue reading